Breast Feedinging after Breast Reduction?

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
32 posts
  • Wedding: May 2012

A good friend of mine had a breast reduction about 7-8 years before her first kid.  For whatever reason she wasn’t a fan of breastfeeding but did pump for maybe 3 months with her first kid.  She produced some milk but still had to supplement a good amount with formula.  With her second child she just immediately started pumping and produced much more (I think she just had more facts/breastfeeding information this time around).  She pumped for 6 months with the second and produced much more…maybe only had to supplement a bottle a day of formula in the beginning months.  Like you said, I think you just have to wait and see when the baby comes but my fingers are crossed for you!  Good luck!!

Post # 4
330 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I had a breast reduction 13 years ago and we are pregnant with our first. I can’t help from a personal standpoint but I wanted to say thank you for starting this thread! From what I’ve read/heard from other moms, breastfeeding is hard enough without having to deal with also having had surgery.

I just purchased Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding. If I read it and think it’s helpful, I’ll let you know. There’s another book called Defining Your Own Success: Breastfeeding after Breast Reduction, which I plan to read afterwards.

This website has been really helpful. There are a number of success stories: The La Leche League is another resource:

I’m also planning to find a lactation consultant before our baby is born. We’ll do a consultation prior to the birth, and I’ll have her on speed dial so she can stop by the day the baby arrives to see how things are going. I’ve contacted a couple of people so far but I really want to find one with specific experience with BFAR.

I’ve read a bunch of studies, and it sounds like the more support you have the better your chances of breastfeeding – whether you are BFAR or not. Also, as PP mentions, it’s easier with each following baby because of re canalization, a process the milk ducts go through during pregnancy and also each period.

GOOD LUCK! I think you are due in October, right? I’m due in early November. I’ll send you a PM, I would absolutely love any advice you can share or resources that you have found helpful!

Post # 6
136 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

@BrookieCookie9:  I’m an October mama, too, and have had a breast reduction. I had my reduction two years ago, and I know they’re constantly making improvements in the surgery so our experiences may be different. I have noticed lactation already and am hopeful that its a good sign! I recall my surgeon telling me that you have a 50/50 chance after the surgery, but ultimately there is no way of knowing until you deliver. Best of luck!

Post # 7
7997 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

I haven’t tried breast feeding, but my surgeon told me that often women with large boobs can’t breast feed that well to begin with… so it’s not actually the surgery that makes it difficult. I thought that was kinda interesting. She also told me that you just have to try.. some of her patients can do it fine, others can’t.

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